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While chatting with SATAN HATES YOU director James Felix
McKenney about his upcoming creature feature HYPOTHERMIA, Fango got the scoop
about his next project, VILLAIN, a psycho-shocker inspired by recent reports of
real-life superheroes attempting to do good in major cities.
After braving the frozen climes of the Catskills for
HYPOTHERMIA, “This film is set in the exotic land of Brooklyn, NY,” McKenney
tells us. “It stars a toy-artist friend of mine known as The Super Sucklord,
who plays a murdering psychopath who sees these ‘real superheroes’ on the news
and decides to use his own skills to take them out. It’s going to be much
darker and grittier than anything I’ve done before. My main inspirations for
the film are the Asian horror and serial-killer movies of the late 1990s and
early 2000s. We’re planning on shooting in New York City this fall.”
Produced by McKenney and Lisa Wisely through MonsterPants
Movies, VILLAIN will be lensed by cinematographer Eric Branco, who also shot
SATAN and HYPOTHERMIA as well as portions of the upcoming found-footage
anthology V/H/S. With a couple of other potential projects having fallen
through at the financing stage, McKenney is giving crowd-funding a try on this
one, and should have a Kickstarter campaign up this week. “Hopefully that well
hasn’t run dry, as we’re a little late to the party,” he says. “But I feel
that’s the only honest way to raise money for a movie these days. It’s really
hard to look a traditional investor in the eye and tell them they’re going to
make money on an indie film project in this current climate. It helps that The
Sucklord achieved a little fame last year as a Village Voice cover story, and even more as the breakout character
on Bravo’s reality series WORK OF ART: THE NEXT GREAT ARTIST. We’re hoping that
with his participation, we can attract some donors outside of the genre-film
world by offering unique pieces of his own toy art as incentives. We shall see…”
keep you informed on how VILLAIN progresses, and you can also keep an eye on
its official website and Facebook page. Look for a story on HYPOTHERMIA (coming
this fall from Dark Sky Films) in Fango #317, on sale in September.
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